The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) treatments to address illness conditions and to reinforce good health has become so prevalent in the US that the Affordable Care Act includes provisions that direct insurers to cover the work of licensed CAM providers. For many of the nearly 400,000 professionals around the country, the possibility of working in parity in the economics of US healthcare is thrilling. And barely believable. 
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I was trying to cleverly stretch the image of moving care interventions “upstream” all the way to the “headwaters of health.” Then this came across the Web:

Obesity between the ages of 5 and 14 years was more likely to have occurred at younger ages, primarily among children who had entered kindergarten overweight.[1]

So much for healthy headwaters. But if you paddle down a short way, scramble up the bank, and go inland, you’ll find a small plot of turf close to a collection of seesaws, a jungle gym, an HVAC unit and a softball field. [click to continue…]

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Richard Hammerschlag, PhDAmong the perplexities of “alternative therapies” there is perhaps none so perplexing as the assertion that some healers can address ill health by holding their palms over, but not touch, their clients. Reiki, healing touch, and other practices confound almost everyone, except for the practitioners themselves, their clients and many nurses who have witnessed the benefits.

Now integrative researcher Richard Hammerschlag, PhD has evaluated the research evidence of these practices and offers a clear-headed review of what science and compelling new technologies have to say. This is bio-sleuthing at its confounding best.
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@mHealthSummit Day 3 in Washington

From the Department of Bold Assertions:

The skeptic’s immediate response is: How so? We will find out by watching, and participating in, the great traditional strategy of the digital age product and industry development: Create it, put it out there, adjust, adjust and adjust some more.
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Since I didn’t make it across town to National Harbor for the mHealth Summit@mHealthSummit — I did track a few tweets coming out of the event. Here is a summary, with comments.

The mobile technology community might want to re-think who will be able to change what when it comes to behavior. And as the influential mHealthSummit speaker Esther Dyson ( @edyson ) noted, change itself can’t be the end-all:
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Meditation apps for cognitive health?

December 9, 2013

@mhealthsummit Day One in Washington Apparently the mobile wing of the health care tech industry feels impervious to the wrenching politics going on elsewhere in the Capital over the very-less-than mobile and sputtering Healthcare.gov web site. Instead, attendees and Twitter observers of the 5th annual Mobile Health Summit have been churning out an incessant flow […]

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Hospital as Center of Well Being, Redux

July 25, 2013

A couple of years ago I used a short video of Gerard Van Grisven, until June, the CEO of the Henry Ford Hospital in West Bloomfield, MI (one of our iPOINTS), describing the astonishing array of health-creating, wellness-centric services that have been appended to that very formidable medical hospital. But that video has been seen […]

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Ornish cardio rehab program in Medicare coverage

February 11, 2013

CNN reports on the impact of Medicare’s new intensive cardiac rehab program that was created by preventive and integrative medicine physician Dean Ornish, MD. This piece, about a senior couple with family histories of catastrophic heart disease, illustrates the combination of personal life factors and

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How is a Restaurant Like an Integrative Health Practice?

October 17, 2012

Webinar series examines the comparisons, which are many and important. Earlier this month I had the opportunity to create a series of webinars with IntegrativePractioner.com that looks at social media trends and factors in local markets that are becoming essential for integrative and holistic practices. With research showing that consumers prefer local business with a […]

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Integrative Options Prevail in Social Patient Bipolar Research

June 19, 2012

The social patient network CureTogether reported in February the results of study among 227 people who rated 31 treatments for bipolar disorder. It is one of the first such studies that blend social media, patient-stated outcomes with integrated therapy options. “Patients rate regimented sleep, reduced alcohol, and exercise as helpful for their symptoms, as well […]

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